Fad diets, such as the 7 day diet and the cabbage soup diet, promise quick weight loss in a short amount of time, but are these diets really effective? Can you really drop 10 pounds in 7 days? And if you can, is it really healthy? This short guide can help you understand the 7 day diet, and whether or not it will really help you lose weight.
There are several variants of the 7 day diet, including the cabbage soup diet. The basic idea is to restrict each day in the diet to a specific food or type of food, usually including a “special” food, such as cabbage soup, that will supposedly help you burn more fat and lose weight.
The first day of the diet restricts you to just fruit and unsweetened fruit juices and teas. You can have any fruit you want except for bananas. The second day allows vegetables in place of fruit, eating as much as you like. You can top that day off with a baked potato and a slight amount of butter. The third day allows for both fruits and vegetables all day, minus bananas and the baked potato from day 2. The fourth day allows only milk and bananas. The last days of the week allow for small amounts of meat (3 oz, 4 times a day) and as many vegetables as you like.
Does It Work?
Undoubtedly, if you go on the 7 day diet, you will lose weight. This is not because the diet is healthy, but more because you are starving yourself and denying your body proper nutrients that it needs. The weight lost will be mostly water weight that will be gained back once you have finished the diet.
This diet is not effective in the long term for several reasons. First, it does not teach you the proper nutrition that you need to learn to keep yourself at a healthy body weight. It offers a quick fix by tricking your body. You will regain any lost weight once you return to your usual dieting habits.
Secondly, the 7 day diet does not encourage exercise, which is a crucial part of your ability to maintain long term weight loss. In fact, the diet is so extreme that you are unlikely to have enough energy to do any type of exercise. While you will lose weight quickly, the weight you lose is likely to be muscle rather than fat, since your body is trying desperately to slow down your metabolism to prevent you from starving to death!
The 7 day diet is a fad diet meant to appeal to desperate people attempting to lose weight quickly. True weight loss means implementing lifestyle changes. In a healthy weight loss program, you will not see quick results, but you will lose the weight slowly, learn lifelong healthy habits, and keep the weight off for the rest of your life.